Saturday, September 22, 2012
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Microsoft is very serious about "re-imagining" Windows. The Windows 8 ("Metro", "Modern", "Store") apps have strict guidelines how they should look and behave. Current design is result of long and deliberate process... possibly even some inspiration...
Anyway, when apps are submitted to Windows Store they are evaluated to make sure the intent of Windows designers is preserved. The "Wild West" attitude that was a hallmark of Windows for long time is left to Android to struggle or prosper with...
- Have a Vision: The most important part of designing a Windows Store app is
determining what the app will be great at.
- Design guidance for Windows Store apps
Microsoft design principles:
The Microsoft design style puts content before chrome and helps you build attractive, easy-to-use apps that will delight your customers with their intuitive and common interaction model. Some principles common to great Windows Store apps include:
Some more marketing speak...
Embracing these principles makes your app more usable, increases its visual appeal, and helps you deliver an experience that’s consistent and familiar to your users.
Windows 8 represents the single biggest platform opportunity available, and business terms of the Windows Store represent a developer-first point of view. The registration fee for individuals is $49 USD, with a $99 USD fee for companies. The revenue share is 70%, but when an app achieves $25,000 USD in revenue—aggregated across all sales in every market—that changes to 80% revenue share for the rest of the lifetime of the app.
Official SketchUp Blog: A new home for SketchUp
April 26, 2012:
"SketchUp team and technology will be leaving Google to join Trimble."
Preliminary benchmarks show roughly twice the performance of Apple's A5.
Its handset profits, fueled by the introduction of its high-end Galaxy S III model in May, leapt 75 percent over the previous year. Samsung’s stock has gained over 65 percent in the last year
Samsung had 24.1 percent of the global handset market compared with Apple’s 6.4 percent at the end of the last quarter. Samsung also had a commanding lead in the lucrative smartphone market: 32.6 percent compared with Apple’s 16.9 percent, although the gap is likely to narrow because of the iPhone 5’s introduction.